# Mrs. Steffen's GATE Classes

## A new year - what will it bring?

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends, making new memories. As we begin a new year together, I am incredibly excited at the thought of the progress my students have yet to show. I just know that the rest of this school year will be amazing.

## Dates to Remember:

January 5 - PTA meeting

January 12 - College Day - wear your favorite college apparel

January 15 - early dismissal (1/2 day)

January 18 - President's Day - no school

January 19 - No School - report card preparation

January 29 - Geography Bee, 8:15 am

## January will bring rigorous math problem-solving tasks to all of my classes!

In December, it just so happened that most of my classes were working on reading tasks that in many cases integrated Social Studies or Science. This month, I have decided it is time to do some fun, thought-provoking math!

First graders will be extending their mastery of two and three-dimensional figures by participating in several rigorous math tasks that ask them to create composite shapes comprised of these figures. They will be making noticing statements and asking questions of themselves as they reinforce their knowledge and work through these rigorous tasks.

Students in grade 2 will end the second marking period working through several money related tasks. They will participate in open-ended "money chats" that ask them to make connections between what they see and what they know about coin values, using money vocabulary. Students will also work through money riddles that ask them to rely on their knowledge of money values and the clues given to identify the answer. Finally, they will be responsible for creating their own money riddles.

Third graders will work on further expanding their knowledge of both area and perimeter. They will participate in a 3 Act Math task that asks them to find the area of a rectilinear figure. They will be tasked with the challenge of "carpeting" a room in a house with only certain dimensions given on the house blueprint. Students will work in teams to decide what information they know, what information they still need, and what tools are needed to solve the task.